****AFTERNOON SURF UP-DATE**** Hello crew and thanks for dropping into the baliwaves.com for the latest surf and weather info your going to find on the net. Not to mention all the other helpful stuff that might just help your next Bali surfing adventure run all that smoother.
Well my day started off at just after 5.30am when one of the boys from here at Home Base was knocking on my door and raring to go get some waves. Needless to say I wished him all the best of luck and went back to sleep, I had other plans for today. Today here in Bali is a very special day for the Balinese Hindu, Hari Raya Galungan. So by the time we finished our ceremonies here at Home Base it was time to hit the road to check the action down at Uluwatu. Tony, my early rising guest had already returned from a two hour paddle at Middle Reef on the Outer Reefs. Tony said it was great being the first one in the line-up and there were some nice head to head high set waves coming through as the tide hit the bottom of a 0.3mtr Low at 6.30am. But he said by 7.00am there woulda been somewhere between 20-30 surfers out there with him so it was time to head in for breakfast.
So we hit the road for Uluwatu. As yaâ€™s can see in these photos I shot this morning wave height was a good fun sized 2-4ft (chest to head high plus). There were around 50 surfers spread out from the Main Peak to the top of the Racetrack section. Up at Templeâ€™s there were also some nice 2-3ft+ waves coming through and I did see a couple of run for a good 100yrds or so. Another slightly amusing thing that was happening at Uluwatu this morning was someone attempting to ride Uluwatuâ€™s Main Peak on a â€œstand up paddle boardâ€. Talk about â€œtotally unsociable surf craftâ€ and not suited for Uluwatu, thatâ€™s for sure.
We hung out in the cliff side caféâ€™s of Uluwatu until 12.00 noon and seeing as the wind was starting to swing a bit more SSE and slightly cross-shore we decided to pull the plug and head for Home Base. Driving past Padang Padang and the very top end of Impossibleâ€™s Reef I was pretty surprised to see there were around 30-40 learner surfers in the water. I also have another friend who has been staying down at the once and secluded Balangan Beach. He now says that since Dreamland has been wiped out it appears the Euro contingency has now moved into Balangan and an average of 30-50+ surfers in the line-up on any given dayâ€¦
Weather wise an overcast start to the day here in the Kuta / Tuban area of Bali but there were the odd flashes of sunshine throughout the morning. Right now at 2.30pm thereâ€™s still a bit of cloud about but thereâ€™s also plenty of blue sky as well. Our top temperature woulda hit 29 degreeâ€™s Celsius while the water temp is still a cool 19 degreeâ€™s Celsius.
Swell Forecast: (21st -26th) Ok well Iâ€™ve just had a quick peak at whats instore for us over the next week and itâ€™s not looking to good but thereâ€™ll still be waves around for us all the same. Small waves over the remainder of the week, kinda yo-yoâ€™ish, up and down with the tide. Then around Saturday we should see a neww swell fill in the gaps and provide us with some more opportunities and open up a few more locations.
Bali Fishing Newâ€™s ; Yesterday I finally got around to loading up some of the photos Iâ€™ve taken of some of the fish weâ€™ve caught over the last 4 weeks. Plus a bit of a run down on what weâ€™ve been up to. You can find that on our Fishing Report Page in the Reports Menue.
Exchange Rates ; Well the way the Australian dollar has been crashing the last couple of weeks itâ€™s been hard to say what itâ€™s doing today but it would be still ranging between Rp7,950 â€“ Rp8,000 depending on location. While the US$ is still pretty stable at Rp9,125.
G-land, drop us an email if you want to cash in on the 10% discount offer at the G-Land surf camp.
The boys from Kandui Surfing resort in the Mentawaiâ€™s have also sent us some sick sick photos of there recent swell and youâ€™ll find those on there surf report page. Plus the crew from Macaroniâ€™s Surf resort have also sent us new photos and surf reports from their part of the Ments.
And just a reminder that we still have some baliwaves.com T-Shirts and FREE stickers available for yaâ€™s here in Bali so drop me a line.
We also have a NEW Home Base guest house close by to Airport Left and the other breaks of the Outer Reefs, 5 min walk. This place is more private and spacious with big air conditioned rooms, hot and cold water, tv and plenty of off street parking all enclosed in Balinese style. The rooms are AU$16.00 for a room with big double bed and AU$30.00 for a twin share room.
Donâ€™t forget if any of you lot want to grab some photos or video footage surfing here in Bali and we can easily arrange it for ya. Or if ya check out the Wotashot.com banner you might even find a photo of you on your last trip to Bali.
Money saver tip #752 : Anyone wanting to get out on a 3 island 7 day boat charter to Lembongan, Lombok and Sumbawa drop me a line cause I was talking to an operator last night and heâ€™s offering the all inclusive trips for just AU$600.00 !!! Start organizing your crew now for the recommencement of these charters in March 08. Better still charter the boat privately with up to 10 of your friends for AU$6,000. all inclusive.
If itâ€™s somewhere a little more private youâ€™r looking for take a look at the private bungalow for rent we have in our Business Directory and drop the owner Michael Owen an email. Michael is one of the old school surfers who rubs shoulders with the likes of Gerry Lopez and Peter McCabe just to name a couple of Indo Legends.
Finally, I just wanna refresh yaâ€™s about what baliwaves.com is all about. Weâ€™re not trying to flog yaâ€™s surf trips or sell yaâ€™s anything for that matter, weâ€™re just trying to show yaâ€™s how good it is here in Bali / Indonesia for a surfing holiday. We want you guys to come over and have a ball and then go back home and tell your friends how good it is.
Best Regards from the No.1 surfing holiday destination thatâ€™s got it all, BALI , see yaâ€™s here in 2008